Turkey: “The fight for gender equality at work needs to be addressed in SMEs”
Interview

Turkey: “The fight for gender equality at work needs to be addressed in SMEs”

Turkey is in the rear car of OECD countries in terms of gender equality on the labor market. This problem can only be solved by taking action in SMEs, explains Özge Berber Ağtaş, a representative of the International Labour Organization (ILO), who was invited to AFD’s panel discussion on “Access...
Ӧzge Berber Ağtaş
Access to the Labor Market for Women : “Marriage plays a major role, children even more”
Interview

Access to the Labor Market for Women : “Marriage plays a major role, children even more”

On 15 and 16 March, the Agence Française de Développement organized a seminar in Istanbul on “Access to and retention in high-quality employment for women in Turkey”. We take a look at the lessons learned from these meetings with Laetitia Antonowicz, an independent consultant for the major...
Laetitia Antonowicz
“Zombie facts” to bury about women and girls
Opinion

“Zombie facts” to bury about women and girls

“Zombie facts.” We’ve all heard them. Many have unwittingly used them: fictional data points cited, recited, and recycled so often that, like zombies in a science fiction movie, it seems they simply refuse to die. In order to take action against gender inequality, let’s get the data straight....
Caren Grown
“Quotas, an effective measure for gender parity”
Interview

“Quotas, an effective measure for gender parity”

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) promotes the active participation of women in all its fields of operation: sustainable development, democratic governance, climate change and adaptation. Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office and the lead author of the 2015...
Selim Jahan
People do not behave as free riders!
Opinion

People do not behave as free riders!

In the standard account in economics, people are self-interested. In other words, individuals “free ride,” taking advantage of others, whenever they can. But is that how people actually behave?
James S. Walsh, Varun Gauri
Digital education in Africa: Time to scale up
Opinion

Digital education in Africa: Time to scale up

Information and communication technology in education (ICTE) gives rise to a lot of hope concerning the many challenges faced by education systems in Africa. What conditions must be satisfied to facilitate the scaling up of a number of promising initiatives?
Erwan Le Quentrec
Exchanging apples versus ideas: Educating for jobs and innovation in Latin America
Opinion

Exchanging apples versus ideas: Educating for jobs and innovation in Latin America

Growth prospects suggest that “The Decade of Latin America” could soon end: the region grew by less than 1.5% in 2014, dropping below the OECD average for the first time since 2003, a trend expected to continue in 2015. A changing global context is affecting the region: lower demand from the main...
Juan Vazquez Zamora
The State must support the development of the private education offer
Opinion

The State must support the development of the private education offer

Even if they devote a higher proportion of state funding to education, countries with both a young population with low tax revenues have a limited capacity to finance the educational needs of their populations. The drive to improve access to education in developing countries is bearing fruit. Yet...
Serge Péano
How Global Business can contribute to Women’s Empowerment
Opinion

How Global Business can contribute to Women’s Empowerment

In development circles, we do not always consider the private sector as a partner in advancing women’s empowerment. The assumption is that business’s activities on women’s empowerment are “window dressing” or are limited to boardroom quotas. These assumptions are becoming increasingly outdated....
Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen, Lauren Shields
Walking the Talk: Gender Mainstreaming in Development Institutions
Opinion

Walking the Talk: Gender Mainstreaming in Development Institutions

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women. As we prepare to review progress since Beijing, one area deserves special attention: making sure that multilateral and bilateral development organisations give more than lip service to promoting gender...
Simon Mizrahi
YES to gender mainstreaming, but with caution
Opinion

YES to gender mainstreaming, but with caution

Françoise Rivière
Micro-saving: A factor in reducing gender inequalities?
Opinion

Micro-saving: A factor in reducing gender inequalities?

Around the world, women carry out 66% of work, produce 50% of food and yet only receive 10% of income [1]. This chronic economic vulnerability is to a large extent caused by the unequal distribution of power, resources and responsibilities to the benefit of men. Economically strengthening women...
Philippe Lévêque
Private education: An asset for Sub-Saharan Africa?
Opinion

Private education: An asset for Sub-Saharan Africa?

The question of private education constitutes a core issue, given the commitments made to education, current education conditions and the many challenges for the future in Sub-Saharan African countries. The state of private education in the region requires providing it with a better framework and...
Rohen d'Aiglepierre
Social Entrepreneurship: Addressing the Educational Disconnect
Arab Spring a New Springtime for Women?
Opinion

Arab Spring a New Springtime for Women?

Pauline de la Cruz
Basic training on financial products allows women to make their choice, protect themselves and serve their community
Gender equality, a principle of our policy
Interview of Professor Manuela Carneiro da Cunha
Interview

Interview of Professor Manuela Carneiro da Cunha

Manuela Carneiro Da Cunha
Indigenous knowledge: what nature and what contribution?
If every child could go to school
Opinion

If every child could go to school

Jeremy Hobbs
Not Victims, but Agents: the role of Women in the Fight against Climate Change
Women’s participation - a key to peace-building and poverty reduction in post-conflict situations
Development models and cultural diversity

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